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The T&W guide to anniversary gifts

This dreamily-romantic bedroom proves that rather than being a cliche, anniversary gifts can be keepsakes you'll cherish and display in your home for years to come. Our style team had some fun mixing traditional anniversary gifts of timber, cotton, leather, paper and flowers together to create this laid-back bedroom look, to give you some inspiration when it comes to spoiling your love on your next marriage milestone. 

1st anniversary - Paper
The first year of marriage is something to celebrate and the traditional way to say 'happy anniversary' to your one and only is with paper. Choose a beautiful handmade notebook like this timber bound notebook or this kraft softcover journal. A graphic framed print is another great idea, it's something you'll always keep and display in your home to remind you of the occasion. This black and white palms artwork is a more modern choice or try this indigo floral sketch for something more soft and inviting.

Shop some of our favourite art prints for a unique take on a paper gift.


2nd anniversary - Cotton
Year two calls for cotton, so it's the perfect opportunity to refresh your bedlinen and add plenty of soft comfortable touches to make your bedroom a true sanctuary. Start on the floor by adding a new rug for something warm underfoot, this cream & gold lark rug is the perfect neutral base. New sheets like this Canningvale linen-cotton set are a must, topped with a beautiful white frayed-edge linen-cotton quilt cover for the ultimate hotel-room feel. Finish the look with accents like this bandana graphite cushion and mia circle motif comforter in muted greys.

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3rd anniversary - Leather
When your union reaches the three-year mark, the traditional gift is warm and tactile leather. Smaller pieces like this tan leather rectangular tray do double duty, ideal for serving breakfast in bed or placed on your bedside table to hold jewellery and keepsakes. For an on-trend bedroom update try this black traditional stitch ottoman beside your wardrobe or at the foot of an occasional chair for added comfort. If you're in the mood to spoil your significant other with a statement gift, Beeline Design's cuba bedside tables with leather detail are the perfect choice.

Shop leather ottomans, hides and rugs for that perfect on-trend accent.


4th anniversary - flowers
Flowers are the go-to gift for any occasion, but for year four why not think outside the square with a beautiful vase or scented candle. This rustic planter vase features natural materials which make it a beautiful sculptural piece to display year-round. For something more bold this green Banksia wallpaper from Native Swinson features a hand-drawn motif inspired by the Banksia tree that overhangs the designer's Bondi studio. If you're buying for the woman in your life you can't go wrong with a scented candle, this handcrafted cottonflower candle will bring the smell of flowers to your home every day, not just on your anniversary.

Shop vases so your love has somewhere beautiful to display flowers.


5th anniversary - timber
Year 5 of marriage calls for gifts made of timber, so it's the perfect opportunity to collect some beautiful key pieces for your home that may have been more of a luxury in the early years! This beautiful portland bed makes for a calming and rustic sleep space, while this elm coffee table can be cleverly transformed into a bench with a throw and a stack of books and magazines. For beside the bed, we love this round bar side table and this mango wood table lamp to add soft ambient light with an industrial edge.

Shop timber side tables for the perfect bedside companion.


10, 25 & 50 years
If you're into your 10th, 25th or 50th year of marriage then congratulations to you! Traditional gifts of tin, silver & gold respectively are the way to go. For a different take on tin, try this classic look street task lamp for the look of tin in a functional piece. Jewellery is the obvious answer to silver and gold but for the homewares-lover, why not try these metallic topped arlequin cow hide rugs (which come with either a silver and gold metallic accent) to add a touch of luxe to any room.

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